The Northwest Florida Water Management District is committed to working with the agricultural community to improve efficiencies and protect the water and natural resources of the Florida panhandle.
The District partners with many agencies, organizations, and interest groups to provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. This includes programs such as the District’s agricultural assistance team, as well as providing funding for the Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab and a Sod-Based Crop Rotation Program.
Agricultural Assistance Team
The District’s Ag Team is available to help agricultural producers with the permitting and compliance issues, best management practices, cost share opportunities, and other areas. The Ag Team offers regulatory assistance to farmers through site and situation-specific planning for Water Use, Well Construction, Environmental Resource, and other surface water project permits. Visit the Ag Team web page for more information.
The District shares regulatory responsibilities with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and state and local governments. Please visit the Permits section of our website for more information.
Mobile Irrigation Lab
An ongoing, joint effort between the District, the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and theFlorida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), the Northwest Florida Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL) is a free and voluntary service that helps the agricultural community increase irrigation efficiency and conserve water resources while reducing operating costs.
Sod-Based Crop Rotation
Under the Sod-Based Rotation Program, acreage is planted in a rotation: two years of warm-season perennial grass followed by two years of row crops. These practices have been shown to reduce water irrigation demands and reduce nutrient and pesticide application rates while increasing crop yields.
Jackson Blue Spring BMP Cost-Share
The Northwest Florida Water Management District is now offering funding as part of a cost-share program designed to help agricultural producers improve water quality and reduce water use demands in and around Jackson Blue Spring.
Other Agricultural Resources
The District works closely with state and local agencies to provide resources for the agricultural community.